Business of the Month

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Tom's Toys and JWS Art Supplies

Can you be too old for toys? Tom Levin doesn’t think so.

 

His toy emporium, Tom’s Toys, has been delighting toy lovers of all ages for over 20 years. A mainstay of Main Street, Great Barrington, Tom opened up shop in 1996 after spending many years traveling all over to find unique toys for his young children. Tom saw a gap in the local economy and decided to solve the problem at home.
 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires

A nonprofit for nonprofits: That’s what Liana Toscanini dreamt up while shopping in the produce department at the grocery store a few years ago. “People kept approaching me with pleas for help with grant writing, marketing, and general public relations,” she recalls. Longing to pick out her apples without any interruptions, Liana started the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires (NPC) in 2016. 

 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Ward's Nursery and Garden Center

Ward's Nursery and Garden Center

600 South Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230

(413) 528-0166

Donald Ward had a lot of ideas in 1957 when he and his business partner purchased what would become Ward’s Nursery and Garden Center. Now, decades later, many of Donald Ward’s ideas have been brought to fruition and Ward’s itself continues to be an anchor of the business community.       

 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Yummy Treasures

Yummy Treasures
10 Commercial Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
413 344 4314


Bead by bead, Beth and Greg Carpenter have built a business—and it has far exceeded their expectations.Yummy Treasures Bead Shop “started out of our basement in Pittsfield,” says Greg. It all began because Beth loved collecting jewelry and crafting supplies such as beads, findings, and cabochons. In 2008 she set up a shop on Etsy.com to “see if she could make a few bucks” from this habit. “And it took off from there.”

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 1:15pm

BerkShares Young Entrepreneurs

 

Andrew LaPatin is a young man from Pittsfield with a passion for art. He has autism, and his work reflects his unique perception of the people, characters, wildlife, & natural beauty of the enchanted hills of Berkshire County. After Entry to Entrepreneurship he plans to continue his education by taking college-level art courses, establish a store on Etsy, and start building his network. Andrew is ready to accept special commissions and sell his artwork. You can contact him through his Facebook page.

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 9:30am

Assembly Coffee Roasters

Assembly Coffee Roasters
814 East Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
413 443 0280


“It is about caramelizing sugars,” explains Thomas Doyle, a fifteen-year coffee roasting veteran and co-owner, with his wife Julia, of Assembly Coffee Roasters in Pittsfield. The coffee bean, he points out, is a cherry seed; roasting coffee is really just the process of applying heat over a period of time to caramelize the sugars in that seed. Julia jumps in, “That’s why coffee really shouldn’t be bitter!”

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 3:45pm

Kenver, Ltd.

Kenver, Ltd.
39 Main Street, South Egremont, MA 01258
413 528 2330

“It’s about way more than just skiing.” So says Lucinda Vermeulen, owner of Kenver, Ltd. the outdoor specialty store in South Egremont that is famous for its atmosphere. 

 

When Lucinda’s late husband Ken Vermeulen founded the business with Ernie Beckwith in Great Barrington in 1959, the focus of the business was rather different. Both men were avid hunters and outdoorsmen and, Lucinda laughs, “if you can imagine, they used to hang deer on Railroad Street, with everybody walking around in neon orange!” 

 

Soon, however, Ken Vermeulen moved the business to its current location in Egremont. The iconic building, which dates back to 1731 and once served as a stagecoach stop, had been decimated by fire, but the beautiful marble floors, high ceilings, and original beams were still intact, and they captured Vermeulen’s fancy. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 5:00pm

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Kemble Inn & Table Six Restaurant
2 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA
(413) 637-4113

The Kemble Inn and Table Six Restaurant have grabbed ahold of BerkShares and they’re not letting go.  This 13-room boutique hotel and restaurant have been all atwitter since they started accepting BerkShares a year ago.

Located across from Trinity Church in Lenox, the Kemble Inn has been under the ownership of Scott Shortt since 2010.  Shortt has been

December, 2013

“The pottery is very quiet,” insists Daniel Bellow, owner of Daniel Bellow Porcelain.  And if you see his work you’re sure to agree.  Its strength is not in being flashy or cute, but rather in its gravity, simplicity, and its feel.  “This is manufacturing,” Bellow says, “can’t you see the clay under my fingernails?”

Bellow has been a full time potter for the past

November, 2013

If you have BerkShares in your pocket and you feel like taking an autumn drive on the back roads of Berkshire County, this is a good time to visit Rawson Brook Farm. Even though most of Susan Sellew’s sales of Monterey Chevre are to local grocery stores and restaurants, selling

October, 2013

Trevor Cobb has been “racing and riding since he can remember,” says Olivia Norton, co-owner, with Trevor, of Treyson Racin,’ a parts and accessories service and maintenance shop on Route 7 in Great Barrington. Treyson Racin’ specializes in the vehicles that Trevor grew up with—ATVs

September, 2013

Can you guess which BerkShares business owes its existence to a fluke at a flea market? Phyllis Webb says The Magic Fluke Company would never have happened if her brother—a guitar player in the music industry—had not found a vintage ukulele at an L.A. flea market and realized “Gee, I could do with four strings what I’ve been doing all my life with six.” After

August, 2013

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